abstract expressionism


often capitalized A&E
: an artistic movement of the mid-20th century comprising diverse styles and techniques and emphasizing especially an artist's liberty to convey attitudes and emotions through nontraditional and usually nonrepresentational means
abstract expressionist noun or adjective often capitalized A&E

Examples of abstract expressionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gene Davis’s trademark stripes don’t appear in his two entries, painted in the 1950s under the stormy influence of abstract expressionism. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2023 The exhibit also underlines Stallone’s early artistic inspiration from abstract expressionism and artists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Sep. 2023 While she has long since been acknowledged as an important 3D representative of abstract expressionism, the Carter exhibition and catalog explore the process and influences that led to her definitive creations. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 6 Sep. 2023 But the exhibition was later credited with bringing abstract expressionism to Australia. Yan Zhuang, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2023 Centered in New York, a powerful artistic reaction was what soon was dubbed abstract expressionism. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 16 June 2023 Over several hours, tennis becomes a form of abstract expressionism. Rory Smith, New York Times, 9 June 2023 The bespoke mark is hand painted with ink on paper, and is a nod to the abstract expressionism movement, where each artist would sign their painting. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 5 Apr. 2023 This puts her squarely in the tradition of abstract expressionism. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2023 See More

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First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of abstract expressionism was in 1922

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“Abstract expressionism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abstract%20expressionism. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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